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Crosswalk of the Strategic Skills for the Governmental Public Health Workforce, Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, and Competencies for Population Health Professionals


​​This crosswalk maps the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) and the Competencies for Population Health Professionals (Population Health Competencies) to the Strategic Skills for the Governmental Public Workforce (Strategic Skills). These three competency/skill sets provide structure and guidance for workforce development within state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. 

The crosswalk illustrates connections between the Strategic Skills, Core Competencies, and Population Health Competencies and aims to show the competencies needed to perform a specific Strategic Skill. It can be used by health departments, academic institutions, and other public health organizations developing training to better understand the competencies that need to be built within the workforce to address the Strategic Skills.

In addition to the crosswalk, two other resources are available:
Competency/Skills Sets Included in the Crosswalk
The Core Competencies are developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the Essential Public Health Services. They represent foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. The Core Competencies were first released in 2001; the June 2014 version of the Core Competencies was used in this crosswalk.

The Population Health Competencies are a set of skills desirable for population health professionals. These competencies are based on the Core Competencies and are primarily designed for hospital, health system, public health, healthcare, and other professionals engaged in assessment of population health needs and development, delivery, and improvement of population health programs, services, and practices. The Population Health Competencies were released by the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in March 2019.

The Strategic Skills are a set of broad skills for the governmental public health workforce designed to complement specialized, discipline-specific skills and knowledge. “These strategic skills are consistent with the consensus set of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and identify training priorities within these competencies where training is needed” (de Beaumont Foundation, Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce: A Call to Action, 2017, page 14). The Strategic Skills were released by the de Beaumont Foundation and its National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development in July 2017.

Additional Information
This crosswalk was developed in June 2020 by PHF in collaboration with the Region 2 Public Health Training Center at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and in discussion with the de Beaumont Foundation. For more information, please contact Kathleen Amos at​.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31686, Regional Public Health Training Center Program for $767,470.00 (2020). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.


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